Tavia Nyong’o is Professor of African-American, American Studies and Theatre Studies at Yale University. His research interests include performance and performativity; critical race theory, Marxism and psychoanalysis; cultural studies, queer and feminist theory; affect theory; poetics; and avant-garde drama. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (Minnesota, 2009), won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance studies. He is completing a study of fabulation in contemporary black art and performance.

Nyong’o co-edits the journal Social Text, published by Duke University Press, with Neferti Tadiar, Barnard.

He is co-series editor of the Sexual Cultures book series at New York University press, with Ann Pellegrini (NYU) and Joshua Chambers-Letson (Northwestern).